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Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to Be Noticed

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  979 ratings  ·  161 reviews
Every heart longs to be seen and understood. Yet most of our lives is unwitnessed. We spend our days working, driving, parenting. We sometimes spend whole seasons feeling unnoticed and unappreciated. So how do we find contentment when we feel so hidden?

In Unseen, Sara Hagerty suggests that this is exactly what God intended. He is the only One who truly knows us. He is the
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published August 29th 2017 by Zondervan
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Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can't stop thinking about "Unseen" by Sara Hagerty. This is a phenonmal book! In a world where the focus is always centered on us, this book reminds us to find our focus and life on Him. It allows us to get back to find our way back to Him and that everything we do, He see's. A single moment in our life doesn't go unnoticed by our creator, which is pretty impressive to me. This book helps us a people to continue to realize that we don't long for a earthly home, but a heavenly home where we see ...more
Sarah Poling
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a gift and treasure. It inspired me to live a life that is deeper in relationship with God. It's practical, engaging, full of scripture, and yet a book that draws you to stop, think, digest, and process the ideas given. I will re-read this book to soak in the ideas and even to remember how Sara Hagerty shares her poetic words of how she adores God til she knows it's true in her life!

Sara Hagerty shares her personal stories and connects the story of Mary's extravagant love poured ou
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We’re drawn to where we come alive, to where our passion takes flight. To where we are known. We want to be with those who know us and remind us of what we like about ourselves. Those who invite us to consider our lives as much bigger than what our eyes can see.

Only the Lord can truly be that one who knows us and loves us that way.
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a stunningly written book. It took me longer to read it than most books because I felt the need to take it all in slowly, to digest the words, to really appreciate the beautiful writing and intricate phrases. Sara Hagerty has a gift! This message is one that I think we can all relate to. We have all felt cast aside, rejected, out of sorts, or unseen. Sara's purpose of writing is to help us make the most of these times, to really see God in the midst of these circumstances. To be "hidden" ...more
Nikki Kamp
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I so admire Sara’s relationship with Jesus. Very humbling, encouraging, and beautiful.
Julie Cannon
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an advance reader copy and was so eager to dive in and get through it. Sara’s last book, “Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet” has left an impact on my that few other books have. My goal was to get through it as fast as I could, but as I dove into the first chapter, it was evident that wouldn’t be the case. This is not a book that I could devour and set aside. At the end of each chapter I was left challenged and with a heap of scripture that often leading me down a rabbit trail i ...more
Caitlin Allen
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World That Loves to be Noticed by Sara Hagerty 5/5☆

Thank you to Zondervan and NetGalley for the free review copy of this novel. All opinions in this blog are my own. 

I have had this book for a few months and pushed off reading it because life happens, specifically school. I decided to pick this book up last week, but first I did some research on the author. I found a free reading guide that goes with this book on her website. It was a fantastic extra to have
Christina DeVane
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a powerful book! So much truth in opening up my heart to listen only for God’s voice. Seek Him in the quiet, mundane moments. Sit at His feet when no one else understands and I feel hidden, like I’m not impacting anyone around me. The heart can always grow regardless of circumstances. God wants to KNOW ME, and God wants to BE KNOWN. I will be reading this one again! ❤ ...more
Jessica Stone
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book is one that is going to stick with me for a long while! At least I hope it will. Sara's last book, Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet, was a book that changed me. I have read it many times. This book has done the same and I'm pretty sure I will be starting over again very soon. Finding God in the hidden parts of your day, enjoying Him when no one is looking, asking Him what He thinks of me. So much goodness. God will definitely use this book to do great things in women's lives. Can't rec ...more
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really lovely and a book I’ll come back to
Claire Johnson
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jesus
I just love her. I admire her intimacy with Jesus and her vulnerability. Both of her books have moved me to fall more in love with my savior.
Paula Vince
This book has a beautiful cover, matched with one of my favourite themes, the blessedness of being unseen. Sara Hagerty helps us develop a new way to approach being un-applauded, unnoticed and unrecognised. Instead of regarding it as falling short of our potential, she invites us to see that being hidden from sight is often the best place to be.

Hagerty starts off explaining how she was sucked into the trap of thinking the way society prompts us to. When a friend spotted her working in a gift sho
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In a world that is full of selfies and people clamoring to be both heard and seen, it is hard to feel like one who is noticed, let alone actually seen. In Unseen by Sara Hagerty, she shares how we are seen by God even when it feels like we are not seen by anyone else.

Unseen is Hagerty's intimate look at how God sees us and our productivity when we feel like we aren't doing anything valuable. We may feel we are wasting away somewhere but those may be the times we are reading His Word and drawing
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: growth
Really good! Definitely showed me a different lens on my relationship with God - more loving, more communion. I needed to hear this. I struggled a little that the examples and stories were so narrow (infertility, adoption, stay at home mom). I get that we write what we know, but it wasn't quite a memoir yet it didn't seem to make much of an effort to include others. Because of that, I would have a hard time recommending this to a broad group of people, which is unfortunate since the message is w ...more
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately, I could not finish this book. I made it about 75% through and it is very rare for me not to be able to finish a book that I start. This is probably the first time in years that I was not able to get through a book. Every chapter in this book felt the same to me.

This was not what I thought it would be about and I kept attempting to come back to it, but found it very irrelevant to my life. I could not relate to any of the examples that she gave. There were a few scattered nuggets o
Miriam Jacob
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In her spiritually uplifting and deeply enlightening book, "Unseen", Sara Hagerty eloquently writes about the extraordinary gift of being unseen in a very noticeable world. Sara's heart longed to be seen and understood. Yet, sometimes she felt unwitnessed, unnoticed and unappreciated. Struggling through her own personal spiritual experiences, Sara painstakingly confronts a peculiar moral dilemma when she questions her faith as to whether God who loves her when she serves Him in full-time ministr ...more
Julius McCarter
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sara Hagerty's Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World that Loves to be Noticed is one of those rare books I can't put down and continue returning to even after I do. Struggling through her own personal spiritual experiences, Hagerty painstakingly confronts a peculiar moral dilemma when she questions her faith as to whether God who loves her when she serves him in full-time ministry work, still loves her when she is unseen and does not do anything for him.

With a clarity and poignancy that ma
This is one of those very special books that draw you closer to the Lord. As a result, you simply soak in every word as you read it slowly, pausing often to wonder and contemplate the glory of our King.

I've been reading Sara's words for a few years now and start each day with the adoration scriptures she curates for her peeps. Sara has this wonderful writing style that combines the everyday happenings of her world with the grace and love of Jesus that make this book captivating. Her words lead y
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Unseen" is part memoir and part Bible study. Her intent is to help draw people into a closer relationship with God. The author looked at how Mary lavishly "wasted" her time (and perfume) on Jesus and was praised for it. Using Mary's story as a jumping off point, she talked about things that happened in her life that illustrated a certain point or that showed how mundane moments drew her closer to God.

As a young adult, she felt that any minute not spent serving God was "wasted," so the overall t
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Unseen is transformational and holds the key to peace in Christ: trusting/surrending/yielding to the Holy Spirit in each moment. Like Sara, I used to think a full life in Christ depended on that 15 minutes a day during a morning Quiet Time. Nothing else counts unless you get that done. Clearly, that's limiting God's presence in our lives... there has to be something more! Now I feel free to enjoy His presence throughout the day, in the little moments, looking for Him in the unseen. The stuff no ...more
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-booklist
Just finished this gem. As I dug deeper into the book I found myself feeling like I was sitting with a friend I’d known for years sharing our hearts together. Sara Hagerty wrote with such genuine transparency and strength that could only be the product of spending hundreds of hours alone and UNSEEN with Christ. Her prayer, “Jesus, sitting at Your feet is never a waste of time”, was highlighted and focused on throughout the entire book. She humbly reiterates that communion with God happens when o ...more
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
"I have a version of my story, a shiny version fit to put on any Christmas card. But God's version is far richer. It's deeper and it's layered with purpose. His version of my story stretches beyond what I can see. It includes more twists and turns, goodness and glory, than my mind can construct."

"Lovers will always outwork workers."

"God made us in secret. We grow in secret. But that secret space is not a void. He stays in the secret, right there with us, that's where we grow, deep."
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After reading "Unseen", I immediately bought 6 copies for my close girlfriends. This book talks about the joy that can be found in leaning into hiddenness in Him. I've been a Christian since high school and have never heard God's deep love for us articulated in this way. In a world where we literally share a highlight reel of our lives on social media, "Unseen" forced me to pause and think about what God sees when he looks at me (spoiler alert: He's crazy about me) and how I can turn my heart an ...more
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is unlike any other "encouraging Christian" book I've ever read. Sara gives some serious and yet grace-filled truths to help us walk in this way of the hidden life. I walked away with a genuine taste of Jesus I haven't had before. I have been searching for this, this memoir of her journey as well as these practical ways to get so in-tuned to the Lord that it really does change your whole heart. All I know is I want to go sit at his feet in the hidden silence now more than I ever had before. ...more
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book and it felt like many of the books I have been reading lately but brought a lot of ideas together. In this book Sara Hagerty discusses how God works in us in the small ways and considers how our vulnerability and weakness are signs to turn to God. She suggests that our lives do not always need to be big and flashy but the smaller moments are the ones that bring us joy and peace.
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book took me a long time to finish because there is SO MUCH to absorb and process! While I have not read the author's first book, "Everything Bitter is Sweet," I can say this one spoke to me on virtually every page. Her themes of Hiddenness in Christ, Unceasing Prayer (and what that really means), Wasting Time with Jesus, etc. are all concepts that have resonated in my life over many years. If these topics are of interest to you, GET THIS BOOK!!!
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Inspirational reading. I read it quickly (sort of) and it warrants another, slower reading. Very encouraging for anyone who feels unnoticed, unapplauded. Sara Hagerty reminds us that nothing is unimportant to our Creator, that every little act of service is valued, and that being hidden is a gift.
Maddie Grace Rogers
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book will lead you to wonder how God sees you in the most ordinary moments of life. Absolutely wonderful and so needed! Her vulnerability was encouraging and her message eye-opening. I am leaving with so much more than I expected.
Create With Joy
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you long to make a difference in the seemingly ordinary and invisible place that God has called you to be, then Unseen by Sara Hagerty is a book that you must read. Sara is a natural-born storyteller who weaves pieces of her life with stories from the Bible and shares lessons that can lead to aha moments of transformation.

This is not a book to read in one sitting, but rather, a book to savor and process. It’s particularly suited for readers who enjoy reflective non-fiction.

This review is an e
Amanda Espinoza
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
3.5 stars. The main points of the book are really good.
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Sara Hagerty is the author of Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet, a wife to Nate, and a mother of six, including four children adopted from Africa and one toddler who’s found his voice amid them all. After almost a decade of Christian life, she was introduced to pain and perplexity and, ultimately, intimacy with Jesus. God met her and moved her when life stopped working for her. His Word and His whisper ...more
“She’s tapping into the deepest cry of the human heart, the heart that can preach a sermon on God’s love one moment and flog itself in private over a single mistake the next. We all struggle to believe His delight. Might this be one of the greatest barriers to our communion with God—believing that the one who made us barely likes us, the one we assume finds us barely tolerable?” 1 likes
“Thomas Merton says it this way: “If we are to love sincerely and with simplicity, we must first of all overcome the fear of not being loved.”12” 0 likes
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